First Black-Owned Casino “One Casino + Resort” Coming To Richmond, Virginia

A panel of Richmond officials has selected Urban One’s casino project in South Richmond, concluding a monthslong evaluation of various casino development plans the city requested.

While Richmond voters will decide whether to permit the project in a referendum on Nov. 2, pending City Council approval, the evaluation panel’s decision means that the city is no longer considering plans for a casino on Arthur Ashe Boulevard where the Movieland theater currently stands.

If approved, One Casino + Resort, would be a 2.9-million-square-foot development encompassing 55 acres of green space named Glory Park. It would house a casino, a 250-room hotel named Legacy Tower, a dozen bars and restaurants and a performance venue named Rise Theater. The theater would host 200 live shows per year.

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